Whittier is located on the northeast shore of the Kenai Peninsula, at the head of Passage Canal. It is approximately 60 miles southeast of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 60.77° North Latitude and 148.68° West Longitude. The area encompasses 12.5 sq. miles of land and 7.2 sq. miles of water. Winter temperatures range from 17 to 28; summer temperatures average 49 to 63. Average annual precipitation includes 197 inches of rain and 241 inches of snowfall.
Prince William Sound Museum ~ A Tribute to Alaska’s Legends
This museum was a long wished for project by Whittier residents. With the sponsorship and cooperation of the Prince William Sound Economic Development District, Whittier citizens formed the Whittier Museum Association, a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization, in 2003. Using floor space located in the Anchor Inn Hotel donated by the Shen family, a plan was developed for a small museum of 1000 square feet. The museum opened its doors to the public in 2005. The association has received generous support of grants and donations from corporate and private interests, the City of Whittier as well as other government sponsored grants. The museum has enjoyed thousands visitors from all over Alaska, North America and countries from every corner of the globe.
Over a 10 year period the association has been able to create a professional museum presentation of 25 professional exhibits. These exhibits tell the story of Whittier's pioneer history as a military port and rail terminal as well as reflections on Alaskan military heritage during World War II and the Cold War.
A Tribute to Alaska’s Legends ~ The Prince William Sound Museum is located at the Anchor Inn Hotel in downtown Whittier. Our exhibits cover the early exploration of Alaska by the Spanish Navy in the late 1700’s; the Lt. Castner Expedition of 1898; the saga of the Revenue Cutter “Bear”, building the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the Alaska Railroad during WWII, the battles of Attu and Kiska Islands during the Aleutian Campaign, Cold war military flights – “The Eagle and the Bear” guarding Alaska from Russian bomber intrusions; the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, and heroic rescue and survival stories including the sinking of the steamer S.S. Yukon during a midnight snowstorm in the winter of 1946.
The exhibits are presented using personal accounts, rare photographs, historical artifacts, graphics and museum grade models.
Adjudged to be one of the top 10 “must see” Alaskan museums by Alaska Magazine and “an outstanding museum experience” in the 2013 issue of Milepost.
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